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Cookie Policy

Cookies - What are they ?

Cookies are small files that web site servers put on your local computer when accessing a website. They are designed to store basic information, such as your preferences, and to give you a better website experience. They can't read information on your hard drive and don't identify you personally, but do recognise such things as your browser,  your number of visits etc. Some cookies are essential for our website to function (for example - adding items to your shopping basket) whilst others help us to understand how people use our website. 

The European Commision has been concerned that some websites abuse the use of cookies to gather information about the usage to subsequently use that information in targeted marketing campaigns. Obviously we do not use these tatics, but as from 26th May, 2012 we are now obliged to inform you on the exact use of cookies on our website.

There are two types of cookies which may be used: session and persistent. Session cookies are temporary and only last during a specific visit. They disappear off your computer when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies stay on your computer after the browser has been closed. 

We are using the following cookies on our website. Accessing our website indicates that you accept the use of performance cookies.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Issuer Cookie Purpose
Bluepark ecommerce system session


The "session" cookie is intended for the user's convenience, Bluepark creates this with a copy of the initial session ID so that they can be classed as "returning" and the contents of their shopping basket will still be available. If the user signs in with an email address and password, these login details are are also saved so that they can remain logged in when returning (the password is encrypted). If the user signs out, their login details are removed from the cookie.

(Contains a PHP "session ID", can also contain an email address and encrypted password, expires after one year)

Bluepark ecommerce system PHPSESSID


The "PHPSESSID" cookie is required so that the site can recognise the same user clicking from page to page. Without it, every page would be treated as the first visit to the site, and anything added to the shopping basket would be instantly forgotten. Online shopping would, therefore, be impossible.

 (Contains a PHP "session ID", expires when the browser is closed)


 

Performance Cookies

Issuer Cookie Purpose More Information
Google Analytics _utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmz
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use oursite. The The cookies information collected is in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors and location of visitors to the site from and the pages they visited whilst browsing.
(session cookie (_utmc, _umtb) - expire at the end of the browser session and persistent cookies - expires after 6 months (_umtz) or 2 years (_umta)
Google Privacy


Woopra
Analytics
WooMeta
WooTracker
These cookies are used in the same way as Google analytics. WooMeta expires after 2 years, whilst WooTracker is persistant.



 

Controlling the use of cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. For further information about disabling cookies you can visit www.allaboutcookies.org. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of certain web sites and services that depend on cookies.

 

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